Desperate for a Cure Since 5 Years Nothing seems to work

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This is Raymond . I am 68 . Since last 5 years I have experienced a problem with my prostate. 

My doctors have diagnosed acute prostatitis. Over this period it has often been repeated symptoms. 

When it Recurs It all starts with a common cold with soar throat, running nose. Symptoms slowly starts with a few drops of blood in the urine Usually starts in the morning and will remain the same through out the day and the

Next day and so on , a burning sensation in the tip of the penis after urination; sometimes a little pain or Stress can be seen in my lower back.

I have no pain when I urinate and no urgent need to visit the bath room.,etc. 

During this 5 years period, each time I experience such problems I have consulted the Urologists. I have been treated with Several Antibiotics

which has been quickly effective , with the first 2-3 days of treatment with Antibiotics , blood in the urine stops. also the little pain in the tip of my penis. 

But I have realized that Bactrim causes me a serious side-effecs including rash and terrible itching

This time I discussed my symptoms with my doctor and he prescribed to me a cure with Cephalexin for my infection or inflammation. 

I take one capsule every 8 hours. Throughout this period I am taking saw palmetto twice a day as well as AZO Cranberry pills. 

This is my second day that I have been taking this antibiotic but i still see the Blood Drops as well as the pain in the penis. looking for a cure .

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    Didn't your doc ask you to undergo any testing ? US Scan...Urine Test...etc? Recurring infections can damage your kidneys and bladder.  You should investigate the cause behind the infections, especially in the context of presence of some blood in urine. You probably have BPH that retains a large residual volume leading to repeated infections.  But it has to be confirmed  with further testing. 

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    Gerald  Give yourself some time.  Each pill works in different way.  Once you find the pill that will work for you.  I have a friend that has been deal with Prostatitis from the time he was 17  He is 32 now and he has had some problems over the years but he deals with he.  Have your doctor try tou on some other pill.  One thing I have to say is don't have any surgery to get rid of the prostate because that is not a cure.  Take it easy and try to relax  Ken 

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    >>One thing I have to say is don't have any surgery to get rid of the prostate because that is not a cure

    ? - it can be a cure; it was for me (read my earlier contributions for case history).  You do end up with retrograde ejaculation for many of the procedures like TURP, Holep, PVP, and on some cases a less intense orgasm, but also fairly reliably end up with good flow rates and frequency issue solved.  On the other hand you report something slightly different, more like infections than BPH (I had symptoms of sustained slight blockage/frequency issue, which was then exacerbated by acute prostatitis; for reasons I am not sure of, antibiotics were not tried, other than ancillary for a few days to the cystoscopy and prostate biopsy that preceded the holep, but since the holep, by which time the symptoms of acute prostatitis (extreme frequency, abysmal flow rate) had already died back somewhat, the long-standing and rather milder frequency issue and lowish flow rate, were cured - it seems 14 months on, for good.  I love going many hours without peeing.  I think I did the right thing, as I can now sleep for 7 hours solid, used to get up 2 or even 3 times a night, due to chronic non-bacterial prostatitis (it is assumed; uro' only saw me and only measured stuff after the acute outbreak, and there was the usual tiresome high PSA cancer scare - have you had that joy yet ??).  But yes, there was a price to pay, non-financially speaking.  In your case I think you should persevere with different antibiotics, though if you have already been doing that for 5 years you may have given that your / your uro's best shot ...

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      Hey  Paul  Unless I read Gerald post wrong You had more of a BPH problem then he does.  He has the pain and the blood in his urine.  I don't think he has problem going to the bathroom.  With you I know you have a problem with bathroom trips and some other problem.  The reason I said that is that most doctor if they can't find a problem they assume that it is the prostate and start cutting away.  If you only have prostatitis if you can find the right meds you can live with the out breaks.  I am glad things went well for you Take care and enjoy life  Ken 

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      You are right, his situation does differ from both of our histories I think.  The easy advice to give is "find another urologist who will try more antibiotics" but that is easy to say .... everyone seems afraid to name their urologist whether good or bad, especially they never name the bad ones, I presume this is for fear of being sued, so how can anyone know which uro to use ?  A few are lauded very much by posters, like about 6 out of 40,000 globally !!!!, and a tiny handful of large clinics esp. the "mayo clinic" - the rest of them and their clinics globally, there is no info on which ones are no good as no-one durst name what they in all sincerity (albeit they might be wrong) think from own experience to be the duffers.   A lot of people do seem to struggle to cure bacterial prostatitis and the lucky ones find uros who do better tests than just urine UTI tests... which is all mine and my GP did, probably all that most normal uros do.  Whether the other culture tests including from prostate "massage" emission samples are always/often good or just occasionally I have no real idea.  But, several friends have told me they had bacterial prostatitis, took antibiotics and it went away after a month or three.  Five years is monster bad luck.  Some people say it can be due to other issues like pelvis alignment or something.  I only know the few bits of sample data I get from reading these forums.  Wish I had been a doctor, could specialise in something like this and maybe get good at helping people, or maybe the supporting science / measurements are just not well developed and maybe it is really hard however good the uro is, in some cases (not that they would admit to that !).  It is easy to be idealistic as an outsider/observer. 

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      NB my UTI urine tests in hospital (A&E or "the emergency room" to you americans), by the GP, and by 'uro found nothing, yet he later said he was sure it was bacterial prostatitis I had had during the acute phase that finally sent me to medics, confined to the prostate hence no temperature or other general malaise and no UTI showing in urine.  Funny really that they don't ask for your a semen sample rather than a pee sample, wouldn't something confined to the prostate ?show up better in that and it would save them and you the gross indignity (and their time) of prostate massage to get some seminal fluid squashed out ?  Maybe medics are embarrassed to ask you for a semen sample, and think you would object to something like that - perhaps many men would.  But if you're peeing every 10 minutes and naff all is coming out, yet you still feel full, and you are losing all sleep because of it, if you can manage it I reckon you'd take the embarrassment and oddness of being sent into a cubicle with some pictures and being asked to produce, if it might help identify the infection (if that it be) and the best means of fighting it. 

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      I think the only ones that are doing that is the urologist that care about they patients.  My friend Chris has his check every 6 montha.  He has Chronic Prostatitis.  Has had it for over 15 years.  His doctor does the milking to.  I think when you are picking a urologist you have to get a vibe from him.  I like my urologist.  He is great and he explans everything.  And if you don't understand the will draw a picture and go at it again untill you get it. But you are right if this urologist is not doing the best for Gerald he should look for another  Take it easy  Ken  

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